Thursday, May 8, 2014

Request for CERT Volunteers for May & June Events

Greetings, CERTs! Spring weather is heating up, and so is the Fairfax County CERT events calendar. We need CERT volunteers for events in May and June.

At some events, CERT has an Operational role, where we provide valuable service to the community, while at the same time, we practice organizing and operating under an Incident Command Structure (ICS), just like we would in a disaster response.

At other events, we have an Outreach role, promoting awareness of the CERT program and community disaster preparedness.

And, at some events, we do both.

Registration note: Eventually, we'll use the new countywide volunteer management system to manage just about every volunteer opportunity we've got. Right now, we're still integrating it into our process, so please read each listed opportunity to see how you can step up and register.

CERT bike team from the May 2013 Girls on the Run. Photo: James Sobecke
Spring 2014 Girls on the Run 5K Race
Date: Saturday, May 17, 6:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Location: Mosaic District, Merrifield, VA
Type: Operational -- Course Marshalling
Details: We need 30 volunteers who have completed CERT training to serve as Course Marshals; CERTs will help with communications, logistics, maintaining runner safety, managing crowds, and more. This is a high-visibility event that always has a strong turnout.
To Register:
1. Go to the volunteer management system and sign up at Hit "Apply" and enter the requested data.
2. Within 24 hours, you'll be approved for the event.
3. Once you're approved, register with Girls on the Run

If you have problems or questions when registering, please email Jeffrey Katz at 

6th Annual Ambulance Chase 5K & 1/2 Mile Fun Run
Date: Saturday, May 24
Location: Fairfax, VA
Type: Operational -- Course Marshalling; Incident Commander Needed
Details: This 5K event benefiting the Fair Oaks Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company begins at the Government Center and goes through Fair Oaks. We need CERTs as Course Marshals; this is also your opportunity to be Incident Commander and apply your CERT training to manage a non-emergency event.
To Register: Please email Rolf at

Herndon Festival
Date: Thursday, May 29 through Sunday, May 31
Location: Herndon, VA
Type: Operational -- Crowd Management, First Aid Station Help
Details: We need CERTs to help manage crowds and staff the First Aid Station at the very popular Herndon Festival.
To Register: Please email Rolf at

Springfield Days
Date: Sunday, June 1
Location: Springfield, VA
Type: Outreach
Details: Do you like talking to people about CERT? Meet people at this community celebration and encourage them to learn more about CERT and preparedness. See more about the event:
To Register: Please email Rolf at

Celebrate Fairfax
Date: Friday, June 6 through Sunday, June 8
Location: Fairfax, VA
Type: Operational -- Lost Child Station; Outreach
Details: CERTs will assist with Lost Child registration, as well as doing community outreach at the CERT booth. Volunteers are needed starting Friday from 6 PM to midnight, Saturday from 10 AM to midnight, and Sunday from 11 AM to 7 PM. Four-hour shifts are appreciated, though we will welcome whatever assistance you can provide. See more about the event:
To Register: Please email Incident Commander Donna Hosek and Shannon Klee

Events Being Planned

Date: Saturday, Sept. 13
Location: Fairfax, VA
Type: Outreach - Demonstration Station
Details: A multi-organization event to increase community awareness for disaster preparation.
To Help: Contact Planning Chief: James Sobecke at

Boy Scout Camporee
Date: Saturday, Sept. 13
Location: Fire and Rescue Academy, Fairfax, VA
Type: Outreach - Demonstration Stations
Details: Staffing CERT skills demonstrations and instruction at this event for Boy Scouts at the Fire Academy.
To Help: Contact Incident Commander Rolf Madole at